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每日英語跟讀 Ep.876: History Recorded and Archived in Real Time 日記、影音口述、社群媒體 疫情下即時記錄的歷史

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每日英語跟讀 Ep.876: History Recorded and Archived in Real Time

Sherri Denney was in the fourth day of quarantine in her home in Springboro, Ohio, when she thought about the toll the coronavirus was taking. She sat in her recliner chair and cried as the state’s governor checked off the number of dead and sickened, knowing there would be more the next day. Overwhelmed, Denney, 55, tried to put her feelings into words.

雪莉·丹尼在俄亥俄州斯普林伯勒市進行居家隔離的第四天,想到了新冠病毒造成的災情。她坐在躺椅上,當州長清點死亡和染病者人數時,她哭了,因為她知道第二天會有更多人死亡。55歲的丹尼悲不自勝,嘗試將感受訴諸文字。

“Wow,” she began writing on an old sketch pad, quickly realizing the precise words would not come easy. “That’s all I can say. My emotions are ranging from sadness to fear to anger.”

她開始在一個舊畫板上書寫,很快就意識到要找到精確的文字並不容易。 「哇,我能說的就只有這些。我的情緒包括悲傷、恐懼和憤怒。」

The week before, a woman in Nevada turned to her own version of journaling. Mimi J. Premo recorded a video on her cellphone, giving voice to a kind of stunned weariness so many Americans are feeling. And in Indianapolis, in an interview recorded by two university research assistants, a man who is diabetic and HIV positive talked about how the speed and unclear ways of transmission “freaks me out.”

在前一周,一位內華達州婦女米咪·普雷莫開始用自己的方式寫日記,用手機錄了一段影片,讓令許多美國人感到震驚的疲倦感有了發聲的管道。在印第安納波利斯市,兩名大學研究助理錄製的一段專訪中,一名患有糖尿病和愛滋病的男子談到,新冠傳播速度之快與方式不明「嚇壞了我」。

The three accounts, snapshots of intimate moments during the pandemic, are a response to a call from historians and archivists across the country to document this extraordinary moment in history.

這三個紀錄是疫情大流行期間私密時刻的速寫,同時也是對全國各地歷史學家和檔案工作者呼籲記錄這個歷史上不平凡時刻的回應。

Universities, archives and historical societies, ranging from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to a tiny college radio station in Pennsylvania, are rushing to collect and curate the personal accounts of how people are experiencing this sprawling public health crisis as told in letters and journals, audio and video oral histories, and on social media.

大學、檔案館與歷史學會,從史密森國立美國歷史博物館到賓州一個小型大學的廣播電台,均爭相收集和整理個人對於人們如何經歷這場不斷蔓延的公衛危機所做的敘述,這些敘述分別見於信件與日記、影音口述歷史及社群媒體中。

They are inviting people such as Denney and Premo to share stories and material from the 2020 coronavirus and its aftermath in real time. The idea is to bridge communal history and offer a fully realized look at the outbreak that can help the public, researchers and policymakers better understand how the pandemic permeated our lives.

他們邀請像丹尼和普雷莫這樣的人即時分享2020年新冠病毒及其影響的故事和材料。這一想法是為了彌合社區歷史與全面了解疫情,幫助公眾、研究人員與決策者更了解這一全球大流行疾病如何滲透我們的生活。

Whether a somber handwritten journal or an endearing Instagram post, the contributions will offer a look at a nation attacked by a virus coast to coast. The stories document sickness and death. The profound disruption of American rhythms and rituals, evidenced by empty shelves and streets. The gnawing restlessness of sheltering in place. The ways people showed resilience and managed to still find joy.

無論是一份憂鬱的手寫日記,還是可愛的Instagram貼文,這些來件,將讓人們看到從東岸到西岸全境均遭病毒攻擊的國家的一個樣貌。這些故事記錄了病與死。空蕩蕩的貨架和街道證明了美國人的生活節奏與常軌大遭破壞。居家避疫令帶來的痛苦和不安。人們如何展現韌性並仍能設法找到快樂。

“What we as contributors record is what the future generations will remember,” said Mark Tebeau, one of the project directors of a virtual archive founded at Arizona State University.

亞利桑納州立大學建立的虛擬檔案計畫負責人之一馬克‧特伯說:「作為資料提供者,我們紀錄的是後世會記住的東西。」

The team of historians and artists launched A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 on March 13, two days after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. The name was inspired by Daniel Defoe’s novel “A Journal of the Plague Year,” which chronicles the bubonic plague in 1665 London through the lens of one man.

在世界衛生組織宣布新冠病毒大流行兩天後的3月13日,前述由歷史學家和藝術家組成的團隊發起了《大疫年紀事:新冠病毒檔案》。這一名稱的靈感來自丹尼爾‧狄福的小說《大疫年紀事》,該書透過一個人的視角記錄了1665年倫敦的黑死病疫情。

Source article: https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0067/353402/web/

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